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Many great features, stainless steel stem.
on April 17, 2012
I have had two other stick blenders and both failed (one was a competing German brand, the other a very interesting two part model with a lot of options, but, ultimately over-designed and not durable.) Ok, so NO FOOLING AROUND this time, this one has a metal stem and it is a serious stick blender.
6 variable speeds Excellent--you really need variable speed, or at least I appreciate the ability to go from low speed or adjust the speed as I blend
LCD display -- This shows you the speed you're using; not a must-have but a nice feature in any case.
Soft handle with silicone rubber grips--I have some arthritis in my thumbs, so a soft grip is not only more comfortable, it assures I've got a good grip on the unit over a pot of hot soup, for example.
Mini chopper attachment --I use this more than you'd imagine; in fact, I use the mini chopper as oten as I use the blender as immersion. The mini chopper is the right size for chopping small amounts of onion, garlic or herbs or nuts.
Beaker-- you can blend into the beaker if you like, but I rarely do.
Whisk--detach the immersion blending stem, add a whisk to do egg whites in a bowl. This is very handy for small amounts of egg whites or whipped cream. I often use the Kitchenaid mixer for that purpose, but if you are doing a chiffon cake, for example, you beat batter and egg whites separately and then need to fold them together. If you do NOT have a second bowl for the Kitchenaid, you can beat your egg whites using the Krups with the whisk in any old (clean, non-greasy) bowl and then fold them into your mixer bowl.
Wall mount-- this is more of a European thing; in European kitchens, they frequently mount utensils on the backsplash, which can be tile or stainless steel. I don't have much of a backsplash in my kitchen, so I would never use this. But if you have an Ikea-style kitchen, Euro-modern, you may want to hang this near the stove or counter where you're going to use it a lot. I have mine in a drawer in the kitchen island.
Summary: EVERYTHING you want in an immersion blender. I suggest this as a wonderful wedding present because even if th happy couple already has have a stick blender, it may not be as nice as this one. It's just about perfect.